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Muses: A Classical Music Audio Side Event at Triton Fall IV

By posted August 22nd, 2014 No comments

I am happy to announce Muses, an audio side event that shall take place at Triton Fall IV on October 2014. Muses is a single-round side event during lunch that lasting thirty minutes. Muses is the sequel to Muse and aims to be greater and more exciting for everyone involved.

ELIGIBILITY: All high school students eligible to attend Triton Fall IV are invited to attend Muses.

REGISTRATION: This year, there shall be no registration fee for Muses. Teams must register on-site during check-in at Triton Fall IV. The current field cap is ten (10) teams or twenty (20) players.

Interested teams are strongly urged to complete this Google form so we know how large a field to expect.

FORMAT: Muses shall be a double side event, meaning that it shall be played in teams of two. Muses shall consist of a single round of 35 tossup questions and 0 bonuses. Each tossup question shall be a 60-second long audio file, with audio clips from various works of music arranged in a pyramidal order (i.e. from hardest to easiest).

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ACE VIII @ Arcadia (11/1/14)

By posted July 1st, 2014 No comments

Arcadia Quiz Bowl is pleased to announce: Arcadia Carnal Embrace VIII (ACE VIII)

LOCATION: Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Dr., Arcadia CA 91007.

The location of the tournament within the campus is not yet known, and will be updated later with further information.

DATE: The tournament will be held on Saturday, November 1st. Check-in begins at 8:00 am, and first round should begin around 9 am. Schedules will be distributed at check-in.

FORMAT: The tournament will use a NAQT IS set. The tournament will adhere to Official NAQT Rules – with the exception that each round will be run as two untimed, 10-question halves – with a preliminary round robin followed by reseeding based on results from the round robin phase. Seedings in the individual sub-brackets will be determined by the overall win-loss record. Ties for reseedings will be resolved based on points per bonus, followed by points per game.

As stated in the NAQT HSNCT (High School National Championship Tournament) qualification rules, the top 15% of the field will qualify for the 2015 HSNCT (presumably) held in Chicago, Illinois.

ACE VIII is also a Platinum NSC-affiliated tournament, meaning the top 25% of the field will qualify for the 2015 NSC and will be allowed to register early.

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2014 – 2015 Scheduling Discussion

By posted June 26th, 2014 No comments

UPDATE: We have hit a critical mass of high school tournaments, as we are approaching upwards of twenty tournaments this school year. Though we can’t and won’t forbid you from hosting additional tournaments, if you wish to host a tournament at this point, we may get in contact with you to discuss the best course of action that will avoid harming both your tournament field and the circuit as a whole. Additionally, we’d like you to contact us if you want to host a tournament so we can advise you before you make plans.

It’s that time of the year to begin organizing the tournament schedule for the 2014 – 2015 school year. The calendar below will keep a track of all prospective tournaments from August 2014 to June 2015 that take place in Southern California or are otherwise relevant, such as nationals. If your school wishes to host a tournament, comment below or contact us with a date and, if possible, a question set. Organizing a schedule over the summer will ensure that we enter the school year with a concrete idea of when each tournament will be.

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Team California wins 3rd place at the NASAT

By posted June 16th, 2014 No comments

2014 Team California NASAT

Left to right: Kevin Wang (Arcadia), Bruce Lou (Saratoga), Hidehiro Anto (Menlo), Aseem Keyal (Westview)

Last weekend, Team California finished 3rd out of 17 teams at the 2014 National All-Star Academic Tournament, which was held this year at Ohio State University. The NASAT is unique among national quiz bowl tournaments in that players do not attend as members of their own schools, but instead as members of a single “all-star” team representing the entire state. This year’s Team California featured two players from the Southern California region: Aseem Keyal from Westview High School, and Kevin Wang from Arcadia High School.

Statistically speaking, this year’s third-place victory exactly matches the NASAT performance of the 2013 Team California, which also finished at 3rd place. Speaking from a specifically “SoCal”-centric perspective, however, the 2014 Team California represents a major step in the development of the Southern California quiz bowl circuit. While last year’s team was dominated by top-tier Northern California player Sameer Rai, who grabbed 70% of Team California’s points by himself, this year’s Sameer-less California team essentially split its points evenly, both between individual players and between the “NorCal” and “SoCal” player blocs. Focusing on the SoCal bloc, senior player Aseem Keyal scored 28 points per game and junior player Kevin Wang scored 20 points per game at this year’s NASAT. Incidentally, Keyal and Wang also clocked the 3rd and 2nd most powers (respectively) among Southern California players at this year’s HSNCT. By finally breaking the streak of NorCal-dominated NASAT teams, Team California 2014 has shown that SoCal can put up a good fight against the very best in the nation. The future is bright.

2014 Nationals Wrap-Up: SoCal ties for 5th

By posted June 3rd, 2014 No comments

PACE NSC final

Credits: Colin McNamara, PACE NSC and NAQT HSNCT staffer and photographer

Last weekend, 11 teams from Southern California competed at the 2014 NAQT High School National Championship Tournament, the final tournament of the 2013-2014 quiz bowl season. Leading the regional pack at the HSNCT was Arcadia A, which finished the tournament at 5th place in the nation. This finish marks the best-ever nationals performance by Southern California in the last decade, beating the previous record of 7th place held by the 2010 Torrey Pines A. Other notable performers this year include Arcadia B, which upset multiple teams on their way to an unexpected 21st place finish at the HSNCT, and Torrey Pines A, which fought its way to an impressive 20th place finish at the 2014 PACE National Scholastic Championship earlier this May.

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Cheating Incident at Tournaments throughout the Season

By posted June 3rd, 2014 No comments

The relevant national announcements.

As of the writing of this post, Joanna Li (currently a sophomore) is banned from all UC San Diego-hosted tournaments, and all tournament directors in the Southern California Quiz Bowl circuit should likewise bar her from registration and participation.

Certain parties approached me with evidence and a request to investigate possible cheating earlier today. An investigation committee including the Yale and Ladue Quiz Bowl programs responsible for writing the BHSAT and LIST sets mirrored in Southern California this season has concluded that Joanna Li of La Jolla High School did in fact cheat at several tournaments this season.

We have strong evidence that Joanna Li made multiple attempts to obtain question sets that would be played in the Southern California circuit by trading with players from across the nation who had already played the questions in their own regions. These attempts include trying to obtain the questions to be played at WeST, Westview’s mirror of Ladue Invitational Spring Tournament, and Triton Spring, UC San Diego’s mirror of Yale Bulldog High School Academic Tournament. We have evidence that she was at least partially successful for WeST.

I would therefore like to make a number of requests:

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Triton Spring IV @ UCSD (05/24/2014) [BHSAT]

By posted May 7th, 2014 No comments

UCSD Quiz Bowl is pleased to announce Triton Spring IV, our traditional end-of-season tournament.

LOCATIONUC San Diego Campus, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093
We are most likely using our usual spot at the Muir Humanities and Social Sciences Building. As the date approaches we will send out finalized, detailed instructions, both by contact email and through the HSQuizBowl thread.

DATE: The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 24. Please note that this is one week later from the date announced earlier in the year, and on Memorial Day Weekend, as well as PACE-NSC weekend.

Check-in begins at 8:00 am, and rounds should begin around 9 am, ending no later than 6 PM. Schedules will be distributed at check-in.

FORMAT: The tournament will be a mirror of Yale’s BHSAT XXIII. Matches will consist of 20 pyramidal tossups and up to 20 bonuses. We will adhere for the most part to traditional ACF rules.

New! Triton Spring this year will feature a classical music audio side event during lunch. The side event will last roughly 30 minutes, and all high school students are invited to attend. For more information, please see this page or contact Eddie Kim at eddie14dh@gmail.com.

ELIGIBILITY: All high school students are welcome to attend.

For more information, including registration info and pricing structure, see the forum announcement here.

Updates about the tournament will be sent out through contact email, the http://www.hsquizbowl.org forum post, and http://www.socalquizbowl.org. Please contact tournament directors Vicky Hwang and Jason Cheng at ucsdqb@gmail.com if you have any questions. We look forward to an exciting day of quiz bowl!

High School Quiz Bowl Podcast

By posted April 16th, 2014 No comments

Up Late With Eric Xu, a biweekly roundtable discussion of topics concerning quiz bowl which also provides regional updates on high school quiz bowl across the country, has just released their latest episode. The podcast features guest speakers involved with quiz bowl across the country, including Corry Wang and myself from SoCalQuizBowl.org. Previous episodes have discussed specialists vs. generalists, coaching, study tactics, and building up new quiz bowl teams, and are generally worth at least a quick listen.

The latest episode can be found here.

Torrey Pines undefeated at NAQT State Champs (3/29/14)

By posted March 29th, 2014 No comments

Torrey Pines defeated Arcadia A 470-280 in the first round of the NAQT Southern California State Championship and held on to win the title. Arcadia A dominated the tournament statistically, but couldn’t seem to get the upset break they needed to force a final, as Torrey Pines pulled off a last-tossup win against Capistrano Valley A and then held off a too-little-too-late North Hollywood A comeback in the playoffs. North Hollywood A finished in third place at 8-2.

Final PlacementTeamRecord
1Torrey Pines A10-0
2Arcadia A9-1
3North Hollywood A8-2
4Capistrano Valley A6-4
t-5Westview A7-3
t-5La Jolla A7-3

Full statistics can be found here.

Thoughts on the tournament:

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La Jolla A, North Hollywood JV win SMITH Invitational (3/22/14)

By posted March 29th, 2014 No comments

La Jolla A went undefeated to win the varsity division of Capistrano Valley’s SMITH Invitational. Westview A finished 8-1 to finish in second, while Irvine and Torrey Pines tied for third.

North Hollywood’s JV team went undefeated in the playoffs, avenging a prelim loss to St. Monica Catholic, to win the JV title. Torrey Pines’s top JV team finished second, losing only to North Hollywood, and Mt. Carmel’s top JV team finished third. Tesoro A, St. Monica Catholic, and Mt. Carmel B rounded out the top bracket.

Full stats can be found here.

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